Sarah Houbolt

Time Out (Sydney) - - FUTURE SYDNEY -

Artist, Par­a­lympian and eq­uity and di­ver­sity of­fi­cer at UTS

I’d im­ple­ment prin­ci­ples of univer­sal de­sign and make sure our in­no­va­tions are based on prin­ci­ples of ac­ces­si­bil­ity. For ex­am­ple, I use Tripview to get on the bus and it’s great be­cause I don’t have to see the bus com­ing – I know it will be here – but why don’t we have au­dio but­tons at the bus stop that tell us the same in­for­ma­tion, like they do in New Zealand? In Mel­bourne I can see the edges of the stairs be­cause they’re painted in colour con­trast paint – why can’t we have that in Syd­ney? We don’t frost our clear glass so you don’t know there’s glass in front of you. The things that will help me will help ev­ery­body. Ac­cess has to be at the core of ur­ban de­vel­op­ment and de­sign, but also events and hous­ing.

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